Dental advances make it possible to replace missing teeth with natural-looking partial dentures to rejuvenate your smile. Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, provides comfortable partial dentures to improve the appearance of your smile, the way you speak, and how you eat. Dr. Lindegren practices in Riverside, California, and offers complete dental care so you can feel confident in your smile again. Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn about partial denture options.
Partial dentures are removable devices with replacement teeth that you wear inside your mouth to fill gaps in your smile. Often the replacement teeth are attached to a pink or flesh-colored plastic base that fits into the roof or floor of your mouth.
To get a comfortable, stable fit, Dr. Lindegren uses a metal framework and clasps to attach the denture to surrounding teeth or precision attachments that fit onto crowns on your surrounding teeth. Depending on your needs, Dr. Lindegren recommends the appropriate type of attachment for you.
If you’re missing one or more teeth and dental implants aren’t an option for you, Dr. Lindegren develops a custom-made partial denture for you. She may need to place crowns on adjacent teeth if you get a partial denture with precision attachments or the crowns will help your partial denture fit better.
Once your denture is ready and crowns have been placed, if needed, Dr. Lindegren fits your denture in your mouth. She may recommend wearing the denture all the time to determine how well it fits and if it causes any sore areas in your mouth. If sore areas develop, Dr. Lindegren makes adjustments to the denture until it’s comfortable for you.
Generally, you’ll wear your partial denture while you’re awake and remove it before going to bed. Dr. Lindegren provides thorough instructions for cleaning and caring for your denture to ensure it doesn’t become damaged.
Partial dentures are a noninvasive option to replace missing teeth. Compared to dental implants, getting a partial denture is much faster and doesn’t require surgery or downtime.
You’ll likely find that eating is easier when wearing your partial denture. Once your denture is in place, you can begin eating soft foods, focusing on chewing evenly on both sides of your mouth. As you get used to it, you can start eating normally, but you should avoid sticky foods that may loosen or damage your partial denture.
Speaking also becomes easier, especially if missing teeth made it difficult for you to pronounce certain words properly. You can practice reading aloud to get used to talking with your partial denture in place.
Learn more about partial denture options by scheduling a consultation with Carol Ann Lindegren, DDS, online or by phone now.